Thad Matta Signs Two Ohio Players

Ohio State signed two players in the 2016 recruiting class Wednesday in Derek Funderburk and Micah Potter. Thad Matta and current Buckeyes spoke about what they expect from the two post players.

In recent season the post has been a bit of a problem for the Buckeyes in recent seasons and to ensure that isn't an issue in year's to come coach Thad Matta signed a pair of post players in the 2016 class. Derek Fundrburk adn Micah Potter, both from Ohio, will join the Buckeyes next season and Matta expects them both to be assets.

The two 6-9 players will join what expects to be a crowded frontcourt as all three players the Buckeyes currently have playing in the post have eligibility remaining after this season. Still, Matta said he expects them to find a role.

“It allows us more of the ability to play bigger just in terms of can we play a stretch four, can we put two bigs out there," Matta said. "A lot of it is always predicated on the defensive end of the floor. I like those options, I like that both guys are highly skilled and can do a lot of different things. Players find ways to the court and coaches find way to use them to the best of their abilities.

"I think it makes us more multi-dimensional because Micah has great strength and one of the things watching him this summer, I loved how he rebounded the basketball. He understood angles, he understood positioning and those are things that are sometimes hard to teach. I think with Derek, we’ve seen him kind of expand his game. He’s a high-energy type player, plays with a lot of emotion. I think with his size and his length, once again that’s hard to teach.”

Two current Ohio State players from Ohio, Jae'Sean Tate and Marc Loving, also spoke to the media Thursday, touching on the incoming recruits before addressing teh buckeyes upcoming season opener with Mount Saint Mary's Sunday.

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Aside from the new Ohio State commits, here are they key points from Thursday's interviews.

  • Tate, who didn't play in the Buckeyes exhibition against Walsh with  a sprained ankle, said he will be good to go for the season-opener Sunday.
  • The team has been focussing on defense since allowing 82 points in the win over Walsh. “Defense wasn’t a plus on the film this week," Loving said. "We worked on a lot of defense, transition and different rotations throughout the week. I feel like from our younger guys all the way up, we have a better grasp of where we’ll be in certain situations. Working on it every day to be consistent.”
  • Frehsman Mickey Mitchell, who has not been made eligible by the NCAA, is allowed to practice with the team but if he attends games it will be with his own ticket. "Obviously I can’t get into the technicalities of it," Matta said. "We’ve got our fingers crossed and obviously it’s taking longer than probably we think it should, but you know how that is we’re not the ones doing it. We shall see. Hopefully, just for his sake because this is very, very hard on him.”
  • Matta said that he liked the aggression of Marc Loving and Keita Bates-Diop against Walsh.

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